JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

World Premiere: "A Question of Words"

Credit Camelot Theatre

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is known for the occasional world premiere of a new play. 

But this time a smaller community theater is the one trotting out a new work. 

Camelot Theatre in Talent is the first company to put on a fully-staged version of Richard Manley's "A Question of Words."

The play has been heard in the Rogue Valley before... it was one of the plays in the 2013 Ashland New Plays Festival, as a staged reading. 

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12:36 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Presents Comedies With Heart

The Cocoanuts | Detective Hennessey (David Kelly, center) has much to sing about at the wedding rehearsal dinner. Ensemble.
Jenny Graham

The two comedies anchoring the 2014 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival put the accent on zany shenanigans. The Cocoanuts, by Irving Berlin and George S. Kaufman, was created as a vehicle for the legendary Marx Brothers—vaudeville veterans with a bottomless bag of comic shticks. And the title of Shakespeare’s early The Comedy of Errors says it all: mistaken identities, compounding misunderstandings, escalating farce.

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3:30 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

The [Unforgettable] White Fugue

From left: Michael Hays, Grace Wolcott, Cesar Perez-Rosas and Sierra Faulkner are featured in the ensemble performing the world premiere of “The White Fugue”.
Greg Eliason

The frustration in crafting this column is the long lag-time between deadline and publication date. Add to that the tradition of orienting December articles to holiday subjects, and my enthusiasm for the Southern Oregon University production last November of The White Fugue, devised and directed by James Donlon, becomes almost a why-bother-mention-it-now?

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Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2013
10:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ashland New Plays Festival Rolls Out Readings

Just as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival approaches the end of its long season, its hometown plays host to a smattering of plays that may grace stages in the future.

The Ashland New Plays Festival returns this week, giving audiences a chance to see and hear readings of plays by playwrights both established and new. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:22 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Teacher Behind The Success of "Drama High"


Think of it as "Friday Night Lights" with stage lighting. 

A high school theater in economically depressed Levittown, Pennsylvania cranked out highly polished hits, and careers in theater for some of its participants, under the direction of Lou Volpe. 

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Music, Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Method To The Madness: "Divine Lunacy"

Credit David Gabriel & Peter Quince

How best to broach the subject of mental illness?

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